June marks the 10 anniversary of death of my father Norman Macrae The Economist's entrepreneurial revolution and end poverty sub-editor. We are organising a zoom calendar. I have appended a short excerpt of The Economist's remembrance party.
Favorite events after his death-
the Japan Embassy in Dhaka and Open Society Laureate Sir Fazle Abed organised 2 dinner roundtables on the future of university and future of fintech -transforming education and health by 2025 was the core idea of my father and my 2025 report published in 1984 as timelines to sustainability opposite to orwell's end game
Adam Smith scholars held an event at Glasgow U aiming to celebrate bottom up entrepreneurs 250th year of man and machines started by smith and james watt in 1760 - an online catalogue of papers helped me learn a lot!
Dad had survived war as teen navigating raf planes over modernday myanmar- not to every politician's liking, he was always trying to roll back the traps across the old world continent caused primarily by britannia and japan's colonial era- father saw people like Soros and Gorbachev as huge heroes- one of dad's main retirement projects was the biography of John Von Neumann
Optimistic Rationalism is as vital in 2020 as any time in my memory.
sincerely, chris macrae washington dc +1 240 316 8157
breaking april 2020 join guterres coalitions lets end all wars on people and unite around ending virus
2020s sdgs most exciting decade -
according to adam smith school of economics and humanities started 1760, at least 4 of sdg world's top 10 economists abed ma gandhi and brilliant have a lot in common- they all valued education and health as building economies not vice versa-all needed alumni to study borlaug app'd to rice science to end billion people famines across all of rural asia- furthermore, ma and abed - however much their life work focused on financing health and village markets value chains -wanted their legacy to include arts/sports for all- kobe.mba recommends you start up with cindy mi to make this connection- or global classroom twitter listings
-last call UN5.0 sdgs:2030-2015
-first post-colonial call UN san francisco 2030-1945
-start of engineering & markets morals glasgowU 2030-1760
TO BE OR NOT TO BE
lets begin with :IF you are a young refugee your life depends not on people chatting about the 17 sdgs but peer to peer apprenticing replicable solutions goals 1-6 go together - you need a coalition between teachers and students that explains goal 1 ending poverty is linked to how to finance the refugee to maximise community last mile health services and unless you are in a camp to maximise food and water security and safety for women as much as for boys-brac partners inspired for half a century by former royal dutch shell ceo for east pakistan fazle abed have been developing this action learning curricula for 50 years and currently update it with rohinga and wherever un hubs of education above all connect refugees -as well as curricula sustaining refugees brac partners wizards likemit/quadirs/gates/jack ma in delivering digital finance for unbanked
- goal 5G 4G 3G 2G 1G 0G moonrace1960s
radical edu 1 2
Soros founded CEU-graduate institution-30 years out of homeland Budapest moved nov2019 to Vienna, Soros Central European Uni- uniting post USSR youth with global youth- mitigating conflicts of EU, middle east, landlocked epicenter of Eurasia east west- and arctic circle north to mid east to African south: the UN world of health, peace and trade, global sports, mobile tech hub out of Vienna, Geneva neutrality of bankers, ethics global sports ngos and hopefully climate adaptability risk – alumni of ban ki-moon, and music/arts city of europe
OSF’s Higher Education Support Program (HESP) effectively served as a Marshall Plan for higher education in Central and Eastern Europe. CEU, founded in 1991, became a unique model in graduate education
CEU hosts annual 5 day student friendships summit “get engaged”
Bard university- 21stc Swarthmore out of NY state- led by world class musical composer Leon Botstein- trusted by Soros as facilitator in chIef- was growing great NY hub on 86st but currently all hubs closed down- experiential learning of American and global youth friendships- first access to Soros Open Society culture hubs & economists. LB +OS global12 Soros G A MsA Kaletsky MallochB CEU Ignatieff Rev Krastev MsCattaui Gaspard D-Sachs SchiffrinCU
Hub in high schools with Brooklyn library with branches long island, Baltimore, DC, & returning citizens.
RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS AND EDU nets
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (United States) 1
Out of Dhaka, ABED U of BRAC & OSUN. Led today by Vincent Chang, Fazle Abed began Brac U with friends of James Grant health college including Swarthmore epidemiologist David Fraser. The goal to celebrate SDG futures of Asian youth, public servants, tech leaders, girl-safe community-links with world’s largest ngo partnership. Abed’s 50 years of poverty alleviation networking stemmed from being Glasgow engineering graduate and Royal Dutch Shell regional CEO for East Pakistan. Brac empowers village women community building- microfranchising health food, finance livelihood edu 1- first 30 years peer to peer in villages with no electricity- last 20 years choose leapfrog partners. brac and ashesi only wise laureates where university is core model celebrated by Sheihka Moza
Brac = world’s largest 2g fintech poor www.bkash.com with mit-legatum, gates, jack ma and integrated partner licenes such as ultra poor recent nobel prize win for mit poverty lab, james grant school of public health, lego-brac global pre-schools with yidan (ten cent hong kong) and yidan Europe- cambridge Uni- adolescent girls clubs brac international netherlands and mastercard foundation Canada. Gabv.org with visa presencing institute mit. Brac triangualised microhealth, microedu, microfinance-in scaling economic coalition it connects 4 value chains of sustainability – ie one village, 200k villages, national, global
1 2Out of Accra, Ghana Ashesi U founded by Patrick Awuah and friends Microsoft Seattle -future of African sdg youth, public servant leaders, tech, youth hubs. Patrick adapting 20 years collaboratory of Africa new Unis and hubs (eg Kenya Ihub). Ashesi is the main U model celebrated by WISE’s Moza & Ghana president -both top 17 UN eminents of SDGs- and closely mentored by Mahbubani of Singapore Uni celebrating and dedicated to Lee Kuan Yew- next Mahbubani worldwide seminar out of china institute in NY- 4/7/2020. Africa also has greatest medical teaching school last mile health in Rwanda Jim Yong Kim/Paul Farmer. Soros had sponsored brac Liberia and sierra leone ahead of ebola)
Question – what works masterclass, zoom, various mooc platforms, Arizona states platforms, hujiang 40000 live classroom.,tencent/baidu platforms. how’s this vary by bandwidth
Arizona state soros us trusted leader in online education- major retirement project since 2009 of former intel ceo craig barrett- craig had tried Bangladesh-intel as his last csr project but knew yunus not abed
2009 Soros launched ineteconomics to reverse global meltdown and map rising community nets. Soros helps mediate moving beyond paper currencies and nationalist politicians. He supports theory of economics reflexivity which can help update 260 years of Smithian moral philosophy
In late 1990s soros 2 greatest sdg successes found jim kim and paul farmer, sponsored first mobile phone village tests- boston epicenter of both- by 2005 jim kim had found both gates and abed and by 2012 soros wanted ceu to br abed’s best partner-ceu also has 20 laureate alumni curricula starting with popper
Soros partnership with gorbachev and lech walesa caused birth of open society offices in 150 capitals, and soros helped gorbachev launch annual summit on nobel peace laureates aswell as youth solidarity networks-main partnerjournalists at club of rome also green advocates
Soros first philanthropy coined term entrepreneurial evolution with south African youth- potentially tracks world from mandela back to Gandhi- attenborough family is bbc world leading editor n nature and Gandhi-
Paris science po-nb parish hq of UN education & Unesco
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020
and development of drone farming- see nhkworld 1/20 earlier in the week nhkworld reported that japan is investing in agricultural drones - globally a sector 70% led by china
the sustainability of half a billion women owned family businesses by brac emerged from a similar system mapping- one of the great models of rural keynesianism hubbed across continental asia (the majority of the worlds people) in the 1970s
the rural community recovery network brac started focusing on training that built
3 rural economies in one
village health workers - see parallel chinese network barefoot doctors
nutrition - see alumni o borlaug which became irri asian rice science
women - in bangladesh women are the resident family and so community builders but they had previously been excluded from finance
faced with tens of thousands of village microfranchises - family owned positive cash flow models in the villages) microfinance of brac was innovated to be the banking system in trust for what compounded as millions of women owned sustainable village business
Sunday, January 19, 2020
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primarily because of the island empires of uk and japan-over half of the worlds people living on the continent of asia had been trapped in poverty
it makes sense to understand how 100 million girls ended poverty with solutions pioneered in bangladesh - study at brac university if there are no investors in world casds infrastructure-
if your place is fortunate enough to have a rich diaspora or other long-term investors study how chinese rural families started by sharing bangla solutions in the 1970s then added infrastructure solutions all the time checking in on what leapfrog solutions bangladesh girl power used henever given a chance at entreprenurial revolution eg mobile finance bkash, microsolarpower
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Commissioners Gordon Brown (chair, scotland); Jim Kim, Jack Ma (China), Gracia Machel (S Africa), Amartya Sen,
thanks to Sir Fazle Abed : with nearly 100000 staff responsible for education livelihood training and value chain transformation brac leads the way in transforming education to be the solution to the 17 goals -that's before one studies their partners the largest ngo coalition in the world or BRAC University
There has been a sea-change in the traditional ages on man. Compared with 1974 our children in 2024 generally go out to paid work (especially computer programming work) much earlier, maybe starting at nine, maybe at twelve, and we do not exploit them. But young adults of twenty-three to forty-five stay at home to play much more than in 1974; it is quite usual today for one parent (probably now generally the father, although sometimes the mother) to stay at home during the period when young children are growing up. And today adults of forty-three to ninety-three go back to school - via computerised learning - much more than they did in 1974.
In most of the rich countries in 2024 children are not allowed to leave school until they pass their Preliminary Exam. About 5 per cent of American children passed their exam last year before their eight birthday, but the median age for passing it in 2024 is ten-and-a-half, and remedial education is generally needed if a child has not passed it by the age of fifteen.
A child who passes his Prelim can decide whether to tale a job at once, and take up the remainder of his twelve years of free schooling later; or he can pass on to secondary schooling forthwith, and start to study for his Higher Diploma.
The mode of learning for the under-twelves is nowadays generally computer-generated. The child sits at home or with a group of friends or (more rarely) in an actual, traditional school building. She or he will be in touch with a computer program that has discovered , during a preliminary assessment, her or his individual learning pattern. The computer will decide what next questions to ask or task to set after each response from each child.
A school teacher assessor, who may live half a world away, will generally have been hired, via the voucher system by the family for each individual child. A good assessor will probably have vouchers to monitor the progress of twenty-five individual children, although some parents prefer to employ groups of assessors - one following the child's progress in emotional balance, one in mathematics, one in civilized living, and so on - and these groups band together in telecommuting schools.
Many communities and districts also have on-the-spot 'uncles' and 'aunts'. They monitor childrens' educational performance by browsing through the TC and also run play groups where they meet and get to know the children personally...
Some of the parents who have temporarily opted out of employment to be a family educator also put up material on the TC s for other parents to consult. Sometimes the advice is given for free, sometimes as a business. It is a business for Joshua Ginsberg. He puts a parents advice newsletter on the TC , usually monthly. Over 300,000 people subscribe to it, nowadays at a 25-cent fee per person, or less if you accept attached advertisements. Here's an entry from the current newsletter:
"Now that TCs are universal and can access libraries of books, 3-d video, computer programs, you name it, it is clear that the tasks of both the Educator and the Communicator are far more stimulating that ten years ago.
One of my recent lessons with my ten-year-old daughter Julie was in art appreciation. In the standard art appreciation course the TC shows replicas of famous artists' pictures, and a computer asks the pupil to match the artist to the picture. Julie said to the computer that it would be fun to see Constable's Haywain as Picasso might have drawn it. The computer obliged with its interpretation , and then ten more stylised haywains appeared together with the question 'who might have drawn these?'. I believe we are the first to have prompted the TC along this road, but it may now become a standard question when the computer recognises a child with similar learning patterns to Julie's.
It is sometimes said that today's isolated sort of teaching has robbed children of the capacity to play and interact with other children. This is nonsense. We ensure that Julie and her four year old brother Pharon have lots of time to play with children in our neighbourhood . But in work we do prefer to interact with children who are of mutual advantage to Julie and to each other. The computer is an ace teacher, but so are people. You really learn things if you can teach them to someone else. Our computer has helped us to find a group of four including Julie with common interests, who each have expertise in some particular areas to teach the others.
The TC also makes it easier to play games within the family. My parents used to play draughts, halma, then chess with me. They used to try to be nice to me and let me win. This condescending kindness humiliated me, and I always worked frenetically to beat my younger brother (who therefore always lost and dissolved into tears.) Today Julie, Pharon and I play halma together against the graded computer, and Julie and I play it at chess. The computer knows Pharon's standard of play at halma and Julie's and mine at chess. Its default setting is at that level where each of us can win but only if we play at our best. Thus Pharon sometimes wins his halma game while Julie and I are simultaneously losing our chess game, and this rightly gives Pharon a feeling of achievement. When Julie and I have lost at chess, we usually ask the computer to re-rerun the game, stopping at out nmistakes and giving a commentary. As it is a friendly computer it does a marvelous job of consoling us. Last week it told Julie that the world champion actually once made the same mistake as she had done - would she like to see that game?
I intend to devote the next two letters to the subjects I have discussed here , but retailing the best of your suggestions instead of droning on with mine."
While the computer's role in children's education is mainly that of instructor (discovering a child's learning pattern and responding to it) and learning group matcher, its main role in higher education is as a store of knowledge. Although a computer can only know what Man has taught it, it has this huge advantage. No individual man lives or studies long enough to imbibe within himself all the skills and resources that are the product of the millennia of man's quest for knowledge, all the riches and details from man's inheritance of learning passed on from generation to generation. But any computer today can inherit and call up instantly any skill which exists anywhere in the form of a program.This is why automatically updated databases are today the principal instruments of higher education and academic research. It is difficult for our generation to conceive that only forty years ago our scientists acted as tortoise-like discoverers of knowledge, confined to small and jealous cliques with random and restricted methods of communicating ideas. Down until the 1980s the world has several hundred sepaate cancer research organisations with no central co-ordinating database...
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